Meaning of natron in English:


Pronunciation /ˈneɪtr(ə)n/ /ˈnatr(ə)n/


mass noun
  • A mineral salt found in dried lake beds, consisting of hydrated sodium carbonate.

    ‘Behind her, in baskets were ivory tusks, gold, blocks of incense, natron salts and uncut precious stones.’
    • ‘Minor industries include the production of beer, cigarettes, textiles, and natron (a mineral), as well as the processing of sugarcane and meat.’
    • ‘To purify their bathing water, they used something called natron, which just happens to be the salt, which is also used to preserve the corpse during mummification.’
    • ‘A highly effective desiccator, this mineral - in the form of a paste called natron - was one of the ingredients used by ancient Egyptians to mummify their queens and kings.’
    • ‘After this they fill the cavity with myrrh, cassia and other spices and the body is placed in natron for 70 days.’
    • ‘The strip of cloth was about a foot long and smelled faintly of natron and resin.’
    • ‘The soda was imported from the eastern Mediterranean in a form called natron.’


Late 17th century from French, from Spanish natrón, via Arabic from Greek nitron (see nitre).